CAC EXHIBITION “HEAD WITH MANY THOUGHTS”
‘Head With Many Thoughts’ is a big group exhibition at Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius curated by Neringa Bumblienė, Julija Fomina, Virginija Januškevičiūtė, Ūla Tornau and Asta Vaičiulytė. Consisting of more than 40 works by different artists and artist collectives it has been organised as an open call exhibition that ‘presented an opportunity to reflect upon the needs of the art field along with its community, and to explore new ways of working together’. Studio Space/Time was invited to develop the architecture of the exposition that stretches across all of CAC galleries.
Location: CAC (Conemporary Art Center), Vilnius
Typology: Exhibition architecture
Client: CAC (Conemporary Art Center)
Curators: Neringa Bumblienė, Julija Fomina, Virginija Januškevičiūtė, Ūla Tornau and Asta Vaičiulytė
Photographer: Andrej Vasilenko, © Andrej Vasilenko, © ŠMC Vilnius
POSTER OF THE EXHIBITION ON THE BUILDING AT PRANCIŠKONAI STREET IN VILNIUS. DESIGNED BY VYTAUTAS VOLBEKAS
Although it posed an unusual task for landscape architects to design the architecture of the exhibition, the vast gallery spaces of Contemporary Art Centre building allowed us to treat it as shared open space. It forced us to reflect upon certain specificities of our work and evaluate what parts of our knowledge and skills could enable us to work in different contexts. During intense discussions with curatorial team we pointed to our ideas on ecology, synergy, vibrant matter; discussed time, different temporalities and modes of movement (such as growth and decay), talked about space, scale, density and the importance of boundaries, thought about different actors, actants and agencies, as well as affects invoked by different material, textural and lighting configurations.
1868 OLMSTEAD MAP OF CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY SHOWING DIFFERENT SPACE TYPOLOGIES OF LARGE URBAN PARKS: OPEN MEADOW, ‘THE MALL’ - FORMAL ELEMENT WITHIN MORE ORGANIC ENVIRONMENT, MAZE OF ‘THE RAMBLE’ AND FORMAL EDGES OF PARK AND STREET INTERFACE
The final design of exhibition is based on our interpretation of the typologies of urban and park spaces in the context of enclosed gallery environment. By examining each of the artwork we were thinking about the spatial requirements for both its physical size and the space needed for engagement with it. We explored different scenarios of artwork combinations and specific spatial configurations they require. Moments of openness were designed to house bigger scale monumental works alongside more enclosed and sheltering spaces dedicated for delicate artworks that require closer engagement. Akin to urban park and street interface condition we used gallery perimeter walls to impose some formality to the composition while dispersing other works in vast open space in a more organic manner.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE MAIN EXHIBITION GALLERY. PICTURES BY ANDREJ VASILENKO
The main exhibition gallery is left semi dark to accommodate big scale video art piece. At the northern extent of the galleries three narrow windows in the facade naturally light the walls. This way the general atmosphere of the exhibition is slowly changing in accordance with different time of a day.
DIFFERENT OBJECTS ARE ORGANICALLY SCATTERED ACROSS THE MAIN GALLERY THAT IS LEFT DARK IN ORDER TO EXHIBIT BIG SCALE VIDEO ARTWORK. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREJ VASILENKO
Southern gallery, first floor lobby and reading room at the ground (both used to exhibit some of the works) are fully lit with natural light during the day. The views of sculpture yard and surrounding old town buildings become a significant element of the exhibition.
SOUTHERN GALLERY ALONG WITH FIRST FLOOR LOBBY WHICH IS ALSO USED TO EXHIBIT SOME OF THE WORKS ARE LIT NATURALLY BY THE DAYLIGHT. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREJ VASILENKO